Compare Heat Printing Decorating Methods

Decide which method is best for your business.

Stahls’ has put together the Heat Printing Decorating Methods Comparison chart to help you decide on the heat printing process that is right for you.

Download Heat Printing Decorating Methods Chart

Download Heat Printing Decorating Methods Chart

Review the chart for helpful information on equipment, products, and fabrics that are needed for each decorating method. Plus, get an idea of start-up costs to plan ahead.

Heat Printing
Methods
Letters & Numbers
Heat Press
DIY Materials
Vinyl Cutter
DIY Materials
Print/Cut System
DTG Printing Inks
DTG Printer
Fabrics Cotton, Cotton Blends, Polyester,
Performance Nylon
Cotton, Cotton Blends, Polyester,
Performance Nylon
Cotton, Cotton Blends, Polyester,
Performance Nylon
100% Cotton
Fabric Process Adheres to the fabric Adheres to the fabric Adheres to the fabric Prints on fabric
Experience Needed Beginner Intermediate Expert Expert
Equipment & Products Needed Blank Garment
Heat Press
Computer
Artwork/Software
Vinyl Cutter
CAD-CUT® Material
Blank Garment
Heat Press
Computer
Artwork/Software
Print/Cut System
Printable Material
Blank Garment
Heat Press
Computer
Artwork/Software
Pre-Treatment Machine
DTG Printer
Blank Garment
Heat Press
Recommended Equipment Auto 16x20 Heat Press $1,450$1,595

Total $1,450$1,595
Auto 16x20 Heat Press $1,450$1,595
Graphtec CE6000 Cutter $1,745$1,895

Total $3,195$3,490
Fusion Heat Press $1,620$2,035
VersaCAMM VS-300i $16,495$17,350

Total $18,115$19,385
Auto 16 x 20 Heat Press $1,450$1,595
Epson DTG Printer $18,995

Total $20,445$21,445
How Many T-shirts for ROI? ($15 sell) 100 T-Shirts 200 T-Shirts 1200 T-Shirts 2000 T-Shirts
Benefits Low Cost of Entry
Best Fit for Personalization
Quick Turn Time
Best Fit for Customization
Best Fit for
Full-ColorColour Customization
Best Fit for
Full-ColorColour, All-Over Printing
Products/Services Options Pre-Cut Letters & Numbers Pre-Spaced Text & Numbers Any Word. Any Way. Custom Cut Logos Custom Digital Logos CAD-CUT® Heat Transfer Material CAD-COLOR®COLOUR Printable Heat
Transfer Material
Ink Cartridges
Steps to Get Started Buy Pre-Cut Letters & Numbers

Press it using a Hotronix® Heat Press
Create Your Design with software such as CadworxLIVE® FREE Online Designer, Adobe, or Corel

Cut it using a vinyl cutter and CAD-CUT® heat transfer materials

Weed it using an EZ Weeder™

Press it using a Hotronix®
Heat Press

Peel it
Create Your Design with software such as CadworxLIVE® FREE Online Designer, Adobe, or Corel

Print & Cut it using a print/cut system and printable materials

Weed it using an EZ Weeder™

Mask it

Press it using a Hotronix®
Heat Press

Peel it
Create Your Design with Great Dane Graphics Stock Art or use Adobe or Corel Software

Pre-Treat it
This step is for dark garments only

Print it

Press it using a Hotronix®
Heat Press
Heat Printing Method Information Getting Started with a Heat Press Getting Started with a Vinyl Cutter Getting Started with a Print/Cut System Getting Started with DTG Printing

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